ManpowerGroup annual survey reveals U.S. talent shortage worsening.


Whether you’re an employer, hiring manager, satisfied in your current position, or ready for your next opportunity, the talent shortage affects everyone in the U.S. workforce.

Results of ManpowerGroup’s 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey look at the extent to which employers are having difficulty finding the right talent, which jobs are the most difficult to fill, and where job seekers will find the most opportunity.

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Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill

ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey identified the 2016 top 10 most difficult to fill jobs in the U.S.

See how the top 10 jobs have changed over the past 10 years.


  • 2016

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2016

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Drivers
    3. Sales Representatives
    4. Teachers
    5. Restaurant & Hotel Staff
    6. Accounting & Finance Staff
    7. Nurses
    8. Laborers
    9. Engineers
    10. Technicians

  • 2015

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2015

    1. Skilled Trade Workers
    2. Drivers
    3. Teachers
    4. Sales Representatives
    5. Administrative Professionals
    6. Management/Executives
    7. Nurses
    8. Technicians
    9. Accounting and Finance Staff
    10. Engineers

  • 2014

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2014

    1. Skilled Trade Workers
    2. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
    3. Sales Representatives
    4. Teachers
    5. Drivers
    6. Accounting and Finance Staff
    7. Laborers
    8. IT Staff
    9. Engineers
    10. Nurses

  • 2013

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Drivers
    4. IT Staff
    5. Accounting & Finance Staff
    6. Engineers
    7. Technicians
    8. Management/Executives
    9. Mechanics
    10. Teachers

  • 2012

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Engineers
    3. IT Staff
    4. Sales Representatives
    5. Accounting & Finance Staff
    6. Drivers
    7. Mechanics
    8. Nurses
    9. Machinist/Machine Operators
    10. Teachers

  • 2011

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2011

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Engineers
    4. Drivers
    5. Accounting & Finance staff
    6. IT staff
    7. Management/Executive (Management/Corporate)
    8. Teachers
    9. Secretaries, PAs, Administrative assistants & Office support staff
    10. Machinist/Machine Operator

  • 2010

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2010

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Nurses
    4. Technicians
    5. Drivers
    6. Restaurants & Hotel staff
    7. Management/Executive (Management/Corporate)
    8. Engineers
    9. Doctors and other non-nursing health professionals
    10. Customer Service Representatives & Customer Support

  • 2009

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2009

    1. Engineers
    2. Nurses
    3. Skilled Manual Trades
    4. Teachers
    5. Sales Representatives
    6. Technicians
    7. Drivers
    8. IT staff
    9. Laborers
    10. Machinist/Machine Operator

  • 2008

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2008

    1. Engineers
    2. Machinist/Machine Operator
    3. Skilled Trades (1 Welder, 2 Carpenter/Joiner)
    4. Technicians
    5. Sales Representatives
    6. Accounting & Finance staff
    7. Mechanics
    8. Laborers
    9. IT staff
    10. Production Operators

  • 2007

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2007

    1. Sales Representatives
    2. Teachers
    3. Mechanics
    4. Technicians
    5. Management
    6. Truck Driver
    7. Drivers/Delivery
    8. Accountant
    9. Laborer
    10. Machine Operator

  • 2006

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2006

    1. Sales Representatives
    2. Engineers
    3. Nurses
    4. Technicians (primarily production/operations, engineering or maintenance)
    5. Accountants
    6. Administrative Assistants & PAs
    7. Drivers
    8. Call Center Operators
    9. Machinists
    10. Management/Executive


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As a job seeker, target your job search on the hardest to fill jobs.

As an employer, understand how your hiring challenges compare.
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U.S. employers struggle to fill jobs

See how the U.S. talent shortage compares globally.
Talent Shortage Chart 2

Why are employers having difficulty?

Mission-critical positions are hard to fill, and employers share why.
Talent Shortage Chart 4

How are employers addressing talent shortages?

Employers are pursuing new strategies to overcome hiring difficulties.


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Are you in demand? Looking for your next opportunity?

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Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2016

Skilled Trades Jobs
Driver Jobs
Sales Jobs
Teacher Jobs
Restaurant Jobs
Accounting Jobs
Nursing Jobs
Laborer Jobs
Engineering Jobs
Technician Jobs

Other top hardest jobs to fill in the past 10 years

Machinist Jobs
IT Jobs Jobs

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How do your hiring challenges compare?

As organizations struggle to find talent in the face of the persistent skills shortage, businesses are challenged with finding new and innovative ways to attract and retain in-demand talent, increase operational efficiency, reduce costs and improve their bottom line.

How are you addressing the talent shortage? As an employer, how do your hiring challenges compare?


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Global employers struggle to fill jobs

ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 42,000 hiring managers in 43 countries and territories for the 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey. Get more information on the global talent shortage below.



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